Meet the cast: Anele Nene, Jayshree Parasuramen and Warrick Frank.
Saving the drama for the stage, highly-esteemed East Coast Radio personality, renowned playwright and actress, Jayshree Parasuramen, is back in the spotlight in her own production, ‘Guptured’.
The production, which is sure to leave audiences in stitches with the striking element of comedic satire, premieres on July 12 at the Sastri Academic and Conference Centre (SACC Hall).
The venue was specifically chosen to coincide with Sastri College’s 90th anniversary, celebrating the historical relevance of the landmark school.
While promoting local Durban talent, the play tackles everyday political struggles faced by South Africans through comedy and also highlights certain political scandals such as state capture, the Gupta’s and the country’s latest concern: Eskom’s load-shedding.
“Guptured is a play that aims to educate, entertain and illuminate. We plan on ‘capturing’ audiences, by making fun of everyone including ourselves. It is also important for us as artists to use theatre as a platform for people to engage in meaningful entertainment. You laugh, you cry, you laugh some more and then you go home both enthused by what you saw and relieved that you are not alone in society’s perils,” she said.
Parasuramen, who’s always in high spirits, has been involved with community upliftment programmes and black economic empowerment initiatives for over a decade.
The talented presenter is passionate about giving back to her community and has been involved in various outreach projects.
As the chairperson and co-founder of the Hiberdene Samaritans (2005-2015), she continued to focus on the needs of underprivileged people.
‘Guptured’ is co- written by Jayshree Parasuramen, Denny and Sandro Thaver and will be directed by well-known production director, Matjamela Motloung, who is steeped in the theatre industry, with array of theatre accomplishments.
The star cast includes Parasuramen and Warrick Frank, who is an actor, ECR presenter and CEO of the Warrick Frank Drama Academy, Durban.
The play also welcomes newcomer, Anele Nene, who has performed in several local productions. Sound and lighting is done by AK Azam Khans. For more information, contact Denny Thaver on 081-038-4986 or Jayshree Parasuramen at [email protected]